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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. I tend to like the odder titles that make me speculate about the contents of the book. The story is about two alternate universes that, as a result of a scientific experiment that happened several years before the book began, have become linked together. I was a little iffy on the main character, Felix, who seemed a bit contradictory.

On the one hand, we begin the book with him essentially taking a vacation to the other universe with the intent of breaking the law. On the other hand, he seems a little too passive as events unfold. I thought the author could have done more with this interesting setting than she did. For example, we have two universes that, over time, have developed some significant differences.

There could have been many interesting differences to explore, but guess which one got the most page time?

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E-books versus paper books. I found it difficult to connect with his attitude, but it was fun to consider how I might react to my own alter and her failures or successes as compared to my own. Any rational person goes through life knowing that, however good they are at something, there will always be somebody else out there who is better at it. I would love the chance to collaborate with somebody who was so similar to me, with similar aptitudes but possibly different experiences and skill sets that we could share and learn from to improve both of ourselves.

Who better to learn from than somebody who shares your communication and learning style, and somebody who can understand better than anybody else what motivates you? Overall, I liked the premise and the book was a quick read. The story was light and uncomplicated, but it did make me think a little bit. However, sometimes the story got tedious, and I was never very attached to the characters.

Although the main premise was interesting, the story was stretched a little thin and could have taken better advantage of the interesting setting. And I love the cover illustration, uncredited in the book, showing a little boy and a toy duck on the Golden Gate Bridge. I also love the premise of the story. Thirty-five years ago something happened to cause the universe to split, creating a duplicate of itself. This means that everyone alive on that date also has a duplicate, or an alter.

It is possible to travel from one universe to another to see how different they have become, even after just 35 years. One universe, more environmentally conscious than the other, has eliminated books printed on paper. Microwave ovens don't exist in one universe. One universe has fewer hurricanes.

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Felix Sayers, born just months before "Y-day," decides to take a vacation to Universe B. Regulations supposedly forbid looking up one's alter in the other universe, but who can resist? Felix, an aspiring writer, wonders if Felix B has already written a book. Complications multiply as soon as Felix enters the other universe, and it seems that someone is trying to kill him. He becomes involved with a team of researchers trying to discover why the universe split. They think Felix himself, though just an infant at the time, may have been responsible. Perhaps something to do with that duck.

This sounds fascinating, right? Sometimes it is, but too often Maslakovic's prose just bogs down and takes some time to get moving again. Multiple universes would naturally be complicated, but sometimes the plot seems just more complicated than it needs to be. I enjoyed the book, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. But I found the characters a bit irritating and just not very interesting and this made this harder to read than I anticipated.

Lists with This Book. I tend to like the odder titles that make me speculate about the contents of the book. The story is about two alternate universes that, as a result of a scientific experiment that happened several years before the book began, have become linked together. I was a little iffy on the main character, Felix, who seemed a bit contradictory. On the one hand, we begin the book with him essentially taking a vacation to the other universe with the intent of breaking the law. On the other hand, he seems a little too passive as events unfold.

I thought the author could have done more with this interesting setting than she did. For example, we have two universes that, over time, have developed some significant differences. There could have been many interesting differences to explore, but guess which one got the most page time?

E-books versus paper books. I found it difficult to connect with his attitude, but it was fun to consider how I might react to my own alter and her failures or successes as compared to my own. Any rational person goes through life knowing that, however good they are at something, there will always be somebody else out there who is better at it.

I would love the chance to collaborate with somebody who was so similar to me, with similar aptitudes but possibly different experiences and skill sets that we could share and learn from to improve both of ourselves. Who better to learn from than somebody who shares your communication and learning style, and somebody who can understand better than anybody else what motivates you? Overall, I liked the premise and the book was a quick read. The story was light and uncomplicated, but it did make me think a little bit. However, sometimes the story got tedious, and I was never very attached to the characters.

Although the main premise was interesting, the story was stretched a little thin and could have taken better advantage of the interesting setting. I wasn't sure what to expect when this came up as a monthly read for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club. I'd never heard of the book or author. But I'm always interested in trying new things and though I'd give it a try. And I'm really glad I did. Set in an alternate-history where a science experiment duplicated the universe with the two universes being connected and people able to go between them.

People born after the split were unique but those from before have an alter, an identical person in t I wasn't sure what to expect when this came up as a monthly read for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club. People born after the split were unique but those from before have an alter, an identical person in the other universe.

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When Felix A crosses to universe B in hopes of seeing if his alter is working on the same life goal he finds himself in the middle of a race to discover if he was the cause of the incident. A really fun, enjoyable story, though I wouldn't call it laugh out loud funny, it was at times deep and philosophical, at others fun and light-hearted. I hope the author revisits this universe s as I could see a lot of potential for more. Plus I want to know what happens with Bean. I recommend this to anyone who wants a light adventure with a hint of something deeper behind it.


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May 25, Chip rated it really liked it Shelves: Not too much to say about this one. It was one of the first books I ever got for the kindle and quickly got lost in the shuffle. Much like a insert major plot device from the story here , the idea of it has been resurfacing since November 4, That said, due to the long wait, I feel that I owe this book at least a short review. A great book to relax on a hammock and read I did. The characters were reasonably well developed for a short story. They were likable, relatable, enjoyable, and probably a few other positive -able words. They contained some depth and grew throughout the story.

They did fit certain stereotypes for the types of characters that they were, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The plot s were fun and able to be followed. Frequently in multi-universe books especially ones with body doubles , it is soooo difficult to track which person you are reading about. This book does not suffer that problem. Additionally while what is stated to be the main plot is well written, it is actually the plot of character growth and the relationship of the protagonist to the other characters that draws the most interest from me.

As I repeatedly say, I love a book where world-building takes center stage. A book that has the word universe in the title and is about multiple universes is daring me to be skeptical. Perhaps that is a reason it has been on my "to read" list for so long. While not nearly as complex as the world-building of Sanderson, Martin, or Sullivan, it is also not same type of story as those authors so I can't really fault the book for that.

It would be like complaining that my milkshake didn't take like chai; I ordered the milkshake so I knew what I was getting. After that twisted analogy, I'll just say that I liked this universe. It was extremely appropriate for this story and setting. This is a story that starts in when a professor creates and links an alternate universe. Universe A and Universe B are linked and travel between the two ensues. Our story centers on Felix A, a cookbook and kitchen gadget writer.

Without spoiling anything the plot revolves around Felix A traveling to Universe B in hopes to spy on his alter version of hi 5 Stars Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic was an unexpected surprise that I owe all to Goodreads and their exploration section. Without spoiling anything the plot revolves around Felix A traveling to Universe B in hopes to spy on his alter version of himself. The story is filled with privacy issues, government spying, and way too many laws.

Maslakovic has filled this book with witty humor and satire. It is a perfect read in today's connected world. Couple the fun with some light physics and science and you have a real page turner. I loved this fast read.

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A funny debate on the creation of a new Universe: As a matter of fact, a duck would be just about the right size, I suppose. Anyone know what a typical duck size is? I loved the end and the philosophical debates. You never knew what might set off a significant chain of events. Jan 18, Amy rated it liked it. We all assume from birth that we are one of a kind, but how would we react if we suddenly found out we weren't an original? There is someone out there with your name, your look, your interests running around? This is how Felix feels when he suddenly learns of Felix B.

In the world Felix lives in, "alters", are common for older people in his world. But he recently found out he was old enough to have this doppelganger in a parallel universe Universe B. As Felix takes a trip to this alternate uni We all assume from birth that we are one of a kind, but how would we react if we suddenly found out we weren't an original? As Felix takes a trip to this alternate universe a commonplace activity , he not only learns about the differences in the worlds but learns there could be more to his history than he ever could have believed possible.

Take a wild trip with a could have been actress, a college student, an almost-dog, and the Felixes on a ride through reality that could leave your head spinning. Maslakovic takes a well known theory on multiple universes, adds his own twists and weaves a tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Feb 24, R. The author has some interesting ideas, and I think the mechanics are competent. But there were 2 really big problems for me with this book: And there was one more problem, which goes back to my statement that author has some interesting ideas: I would imagine there would be some emotional complexity.

But when Felix meets his "alter" in this book, the event comes across as almost an afterthought. Nov 21, Rick F. When a novel as the following discription: Happily in the case of Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic, what one gets is an utterly delightful journey into the absurd and the sublim. Characters pop out and become immedaitely ingrained in the reader's consciousness. The plot, so very unique and inviting clearly puts Neve Maslakovic in the ranks of Adams, Pratchett a When a novel as the following discription: The plot, so very unique and inviting clearly puts Neve Maslakovic in the ranks of Adams, Pratchett and other great satire novelists!!!

The blurb made is sound like a humorous romp with the feel of Christopher Moore. But what I ended up getting was a light mystery more in the vein of China Mielville. When we start the book we are in a transporter that allows individuals to travel from Universe A to Universe B. Neither universe is ours although both have a striking resemblance. However, Universe A relies on computers and has a serious inflation problem and Universe B still contains books and personal motor vehicles. Each universe was unique and I found myself being drawn into both of them without really realizing what was happening.

Before I knew it I was hunting for more of the little things to see how they compared to each other and our own universe. I also was looking for clues to the mystery the novel was attempting to solve. Felix A from Universe A is our main character and from the moment we are introduced to him, he quickly comes off as a very real individual with real concerns and feelings. The rest of the characters do a decent job of rounding out the cast and some are a bit wacky but overall they all add to the story. Felix A is a bored to death writer who dreams of writing a mystery novel and hopes to find out more about his double Felix B and to see if his double leads a better life than he does and if he has been beaten to the punch about his novel.

Another interesting thing about the two universes was how they came to be and how one could travel and communicate between the two. The two universes have a privacy law that far exceeds anything we have here in our universe and really holds the two universes together and to a certain degree, apart. The whole same yet different concept was explored in Mielville's T he City and The City and Regarding Ducks and Universes is similar yet, much easier to take in.

The rules are quickly established and then the characters look for ways to turn it to their advantage or in some cases blatantly disregard it. There are many humorous incidents and observations within Regarding Ducks and Universes, which offer a few light-hearted moments. There are a few science fictional elements that make up the story but the core of the story is a mystery. As Felix A from Universe A and Felix B from Universe B work with and against each other to help different organizations find out just what event lead to the two nearly identical universes to become slightly altered.

I really had no idea just what to expect when I started reading Regarding Ducks and Universes and found myself enjoying the adventure and mystery found within. It is a light read with a lot of great moments and a decent mystery that leaves you guessing until the end. The brilliance that I found in Regarding Ducks and Universes is that there are a lot of mystery in the book, from our character wanting to write a mystery novel, to his love of Agatha Christie, to the mystery contained within the book.

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The book itself is an enigma, wrapped up in a puzzle and all of it is down simply and without difficulty Nov 16, Stokat rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who like slight science fiction. I came across Regarding Ducks and Universes while skimming book titles on my Kindle.

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His dream is to one day write a mystery novel. He gets side tracked when he realized that there is, in fact, another Felix Sayers in the other universe, Universe B. Who is this other Felix Sayers? What is his life like, and most importantly, has he already written the mystery novel that our main character has been dreaming about? Felix travels to the other universe to find out for himself, but finds that people in Universe B are looking for him too and believe that he actually played a roll in the link between the two Universes. This is not a perfect book, but it's pretty good.

Chances are, not many people you know will have read it, which gives you something interesting to talk about. It's not a long, time consuming read nor is it a "brain break" book. And it feels like it only has a touch of science fiction to it, even though it involves multiple universes. The strength of this book is the setting and the plot. There are two universes that are almost similar, but different. The other universe had to replace their bridge after an earthquake. Only one universe can make sourdough bread, the ingredients to make it don't exist in the other.

It's enough to read the whole book just to see the differences. However, the main character is an Eeyore. By that, I mean he hardly acts and he doesn't really react, just like Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh stories. It makes his character unbelievable.


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Many of the supporting characters have lots of individuality and nuances, which somewhat makes up for the lack of it in the main character. It feels like the author relates better to Bean, the woman Felix meets when he crosses into Universe B and a character that plays a major role in the book. Reviews listed the lack of explanation as a weakness for Regarding Ducks and Universes. I think the author tries to explain the link between universes throughout the book by having supporting characters provide helpful analogies to Felix.

At a certain point, I started skimming these analogies. Although I don't want a full on explanation of this universe stuff, I would prefer a little more clarification at the beginning and less analogies throughout. Really, the analogies could be replaced with character development for the main character, Felix. Feb 07, Dinah rated it liked it Shelves: I would classify this one as "solid beach read," which is a little disappointing given the high reviews it was given.

It was supposed to be solid sci-fi and generally a good read. Which is not to say that I regret reading it, after putting in a hundred pages I didn't have any real inclination to abandon the thing. The sci-fi elements diverging universes created by moments where decisions or happenstance events set off chains of significantly different events, and the linking of s I would classify this one as "solid beach read," which is a little disappointing given the high reviews it was given.

The sci-fi elements diverging universes created by moments where decisions or happenstance events set off chains of significantly different events, and the linking of such universes are used in service of the story, which is generally a good thing. But in this case the story is so reliant on the new rules of science that it's hard to relate the characters' experience back to the real world. This may partly be my bias, since I have no affinity for mystery novels, which is perhaps the better genre in which to classify this bizarre hunk of fiction. But the character development was just plain lousy for a book which relies on the different ways the same "person" turns out in diverging universes.

Not even good friendship! No matter how interesting the science, it's hard for me to get into a narrative without some juicy inter-personal conflict. Plus, the prose is pretty lousy on a line-to-line basis. You might call it casual, I call it uninteresting. But I am a snob and you may not be. It's a quick read and despite the author's desire to kind of bury the sci-fi aspects, may leave you with something to think about.

Makes me wish Maslakovic had read Garp for reference on how to write an interesting cult into a story well. Jan 24, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a very charming, smart sci-fi mystery.